Teams Elite (USA): A junior synchro team's rise to success
Teams Elite (Credits: Thomas Rhee - 2021)
Competing as a part of US Figure Skating since 2013, Teams Elite has impressed everyone by becoming vice-national champions and winning the silver medal at the Spring Cup in Italy just before the pandemic. This Junior team is now being tipped to become a strong international competitor and is hungry for more success.
"The pandemic really helped us realize we need to be grateful for each other every single day. We are so fortunate to have our teammates and our community to help shape us into strong individuals. Skating is truly a privilege and we absolutely cannot take it for granted," said Danielle Ostrower, the Program Director and Head Coach of Teams Elite.
For the majority of the season, most of their rinks were closed or synchro teams were not allowed to connect. "We were finally granted a special exemption from our Governor which allowed our team to train, connect and even participate in some virtual competitions. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity that was given to us and we made sure to use our time wisely and train as hard as we could," continued Danielle Ostrower. "However, we truly miss the thrill and adrenaline rush of stepping onto competition ice together."
One of the latest is none other than the silver medal earned at the U.S. National Championships or the second place in the international Spring Cup competition in Italy in February 2020, which was the last big competition before the pandemic.
"We feel Teams Elite is unique because everyone works together as one unit throughout the entire organization. All of the coaches help each other and all of the skaters work with the coaches rather than for them. The strong bond we all have with one another allows us to thrive!"
"We spent a lot of time off the ice working on understanding body movement and where movements originate from. This helped the skaters to be able to feel how each movement laid the foundation in the story," explained the head coach.
"Our dreams with the Junior team are to eventually earn a Gold medal at Worlds and to have a long history of rivaling the best junior teams in the world."
"I am proud of the resilience of our skaters on all of our teams. Every time they are faced with adversity, they rise to the challenge and overcome it, together, as one," said Danielle.
A Senior team in the future
They also have announced that they will be fielding a Senior team for the 22-23 season!
The next few years promise to be exciting.